Hyundai Motorsports Craig Breen says he is confident of coming away from Estonia with a strong result. Speaking to Paddock Eye on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s event in Estonia the Irishman said that it certainly helps that he has competed in Estonia before having been here with Hyundai last year.
Due to high temperatures here this weekend, Breen said that it is important to stay hydrated given that it will get very hot in the car, but he is happy as the stages here are short.
Speaking during his rally preview, Breen said:
Rally Estonia, for me, is one of the rallies I enjoy the most on the calendar. Last year, it presented Paul and me with one of the better moments in our career, when we finished in second place as part of a Hyundai 1-2. I am looking forward to going back there again; it’s an amazing rally with incredibly fast stages and hopefully we will be able to do a similar job this year.
Thierry Neuville has scored four of Hyundai Motorsports seven podium finishes in 2021 to date and speaking ahead of the event he said:
Rally Estonia was the first edition of our re-started championship last year, so it will be good to go back. It is quite a fast event, with wide roads and a lot of jumps; actually, we experience some bigger jumps than we even have in Finland. It is a challenging rally for us, but with the additional insight and advice from Ott, we hope to be fast – just as we have been at many events this season.
Home favorite Ott Tanak is hoping to repeat his victory from here last year and aims to close the 64 gap he has in the championship to Sebastian Ogierand speaking ahead of the event this weekend he said:
Rally Estonia is generally characterised by very fast, smooth flat roads; there are many artificial jumps, too, which gives the event a very high average speed. It is nice to drive at home, and we had a memorable result last year with our first-ever win for Hyundai Motorsport. We remain hopeful that we can fight for a similar result this year, as we know the car can be fast in these conditions. For me, it will be a logistically easy rally with very little travel time to and from the event – which is always nice.
Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “
We have spent the short period since Safari Rally Kenya to review the issues we have encountered in recent events. There is only so much we can do in this time frame, but we head to Estonia with our motivation levels high, and a determination to show what we can achieve. Just because we finished 1-2 in last year’s Rally Estonia doesn’t automatically guarantee results this year; we must work as hard as we can, stay focused and extract all the performance we can from our car – which, by the way, has shown itself to be very fast on all events so far this season. There is always luck involved in rallying, of course, but we have to become more in control of our own destiny.”